During the global coronavirus pandemic, when many people are trying to cooperate to ease suffering, cybercriminals are trying to capitalize on the confusion. With harried staff working long hours in demanding and difficult situations as well as more people working from home, IT security experts and Microsoft warn of increased numbers of healthcare cyber-attacks due to COVID-19.
Types of Cyber Dangers
The most likely threats come in several forms, including:
- Malware such as Trojan programs
Officials, including the FBI, are taking these threats seriously. Cybercriminals could shut down vital hospital systems with ransomware until they receive large payments.
More Subtle Threats
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has suffered a cyber-attack focusing on spreading false information and disordering operations. This sort of subtle attack can have far-reaching effects on the general population.
Avoid Cyber attacks
The good news is that healthcare organizations and individuals can make network access much harder for criminals with specific actions, including:
- Update browsers and systems to take advantage of the latest security updates.
- Create IT security teams that develop complete strategies.
- Educate employees on ways to avoid phishing scams and hackers.
- Think like cybercriminals in order to develop policies to stop them.
While cybercriminals are unfortunately trying to profit from a difficult situation, healthcare organizations can protect networks against hackers by taking proactive steps. They can then focus on the most pressing business, which is caring for people.